The first white settlers arrived in the area in 1887. The town was originally called Razorback, but was renamed following a community meeting. The name Montville was proposed by storekeeper Henry Smith (who bought a selection of land there in 1893) after a suggestion by his mother, as it reminded her of their early years in Montville, USA. Alternatively it is a coined word from mont meaning mountain and ville meaning town. The name was officially changed to Montville on 30 November 1897.
Montville Provisional School opened on 2 October 1896. In 1904 it was renamed Montville Provisional School. On 1 January 1909 it became Montville State School.
From about 1900 the town became a popular mountain resort.
Montville was predominantly a logging then farming community (dairy, citrus, avocados, pineapples and macadamia nuts) until a tourism boom which commenced during the 1970s, taking advantage of the scenic views of the Sunshine Coast and the nearby rainforest walks.
Montville has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
The town is well served with facilities, including an Anglican Church, a Uniting Church, a multi-denominational wedding chapel, a village green and community hall and a large sportsground featuring a football field, tennis courts and a wood working centre.
Montville State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Main Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 94 students with 14 teachers (7 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.).
The town is now a popular short break tourist destination for the people of Brisbane and is famous for its parks and walks including the . Popular attractions include galleries, restaurants, wineries, clock shop, cheese factories, and craft and clothing shops. The world-renowned Australia Zoo is a 20-minute drive down the range at nearby Beerwah. Montville is becoming a very popular location for destination weddings at its many resorts, b&bs, wineries and restaurants.
There are many places to stay in and around Montville, with accommodation ranging from private cottages to family style units and suites.
In popular culture
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